Sunday, August 15, 2010

an Irish blessing

Irish blessings can sometimes be problematic: loads of far too sentimental stuff printed on tea towels and quoted by folk with fake Irish accents. In reality, such blessings are usually much more practical: a grandmother dousing her grand kids with holy water as they settle in for sleep at night, a quiet touch of hand and heart and a kind word at the outset of a journey, an evening’s light turning to night across the hills.

This one has a bit of all that, along with a generous helping of rain, which certainly makes it true to Ireland. The music is by Phil Coulter, the singer at the outset is Aoife Ní Fhearraigh, who is singing the Kyrie in Irish, and Roma Downey says the words of the blessing.

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Blogger BIKE LADY said...

"As you walk the roads, may you always have a kind word for those you meet." Amen! That part of the blessing stayed with me.

I bet you'd love the Musical Instrument Museum that just opened here in Phoenix. I heard the bagpipes in this musical selection, so it made me think of what's on display at the museum--so many. Amazing history in that one instrument really. You'd probably enjoy a visit there.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Melanie Haiken said...

This is really lovely. I would have loved to play this as a lullaby for my girls when they were little. Thank you!

5:14 PM  

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